UK government to ban plastic straws, stirrers from April 2020

UK – The UK government has announced a ban on plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds across England, which will take effect starting April 2020. The ban which has received overwhelming support from the public, […]

EU proposes to increase price transparency in food supply chain

EU – The European Commission has proposed to increase price transparency in what it says would help promote fairness in the food supply chain. The proposal seeks to introduce better ways to enhance transparency in […]

Coca-Cola South Africa reformulates beverages to cushion against sugar tax

SOUTH AFRICA – Coca-Cola South Africa has reduced sugar content as part of its interventions to curtail the effect of the recently introduced tax on sugary drinks and present healthier products in the market. According […]

COMESA partners tech firm to launch regional seed label verification system

COMESA – The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has partnered mPedigree’s GoldKeys technology to launch an online seed label verification system in the region. COMESA, which covers 19 countries across South, East […]

EU fines AB InBev US$224m over higher beer prices in Belgium

EU – The European Union has fined AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer US$224 million (€200.4 million) for breaching EU antitrust rules by restricting cross-border beer sales. The maker of Budweiser and Corona has been […]

Tanzanian firm to invest US$ 1.52m in developing tech to curb aflatoxin

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s A to Z Textile Mills has unveiled plans of investing US$1.52million (Tsh 3.5bn) in establishing a factory that will be producing Aflasafe, a technology to combat aflatoxin in grains and cereals. This […]

FSA backs mandatory full ingredient labeling for pre-packed direct sale food

UK – The Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom has recommended that increased allergen information should be provided on pre-packed direct sale food to give consumers greater confidence in the food they eat. According […]

NEPC calls for adoption of global certification by food exports to enhance market access

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Exports Promotion Council (NEPC) has called upon food exporters in the country to adopt global certifications in a bid to strengthen market access of their products at the global market. Mr […]

FDA proposes modern approach to ‘a new era of smarter food safety’

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new modern approach to food safety with a goal to augment its efforts implementing important Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements. The “New Era […]

ISO president Eddy Njoroge to set up office in Kenya, commits to enhance engagements

KENYA – The president elect of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Eddy Njoroge, has unveiled that he will set up office in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr Eddy Njoroge, who was elected as president ISO in […]